Ranger Program Descriptions

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Most ranger programs are scheduled early or late in the day to avoid mid-day congestion, and to maximize parking availability. Some programs allow you to "drop-in" for short interactions with a ranger as you travel through the busiest areas of the park. Ranger-guided bicycle tours and boat cruises require reservations and an additional fee because all equipment is provided by local businesses.

See also Ranger-Guided Bicycle Tours & Boat Cruises

For specific dates and times, please consult the online CALENDAR.

 

Fall Ranger Programs

Sat Sept 1 – Sat Oct 13

• Acadia’s Birds

Thursdays and Saturdays, 7 am, 2 hours, location TBD.
Reserve by phone 207 288-8832 or in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center (8 am-4:15 pm), no sooner than three days before the scheduled program.
Find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia’s most fascinating birds on this easy walk. Bring binoculars.

• Autumn Ramble

Sundays and Wednesdays, 2:30 pm, 1.hours, 1 mile (1.6 km), Sieur de Monts Springs
Join a ranger for an easy walk exploring phenology and how life in Acadia anticipates winter.

• Blackwoods Campground

Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 1 hour
September programs at 7:30 pm. October programs at 7 pm
Check campground bulletin boards for topics. (No programs 9/4, 9/6, 9/7)

• Botany Walk

Mondays, Fridays, 3 pm, 1.5 hours, 1 mile (1.6 km), Sieur de Monts Springs
Investigate the diverse plant communities that call Acadia’s granite landscape home on this easy one-mile walk.

• Carroll Homestead Open House & Junior Ranger Station

Saturdays 11 am - 2 pm (September only. No program 9/1)
Visit anytime during program hours to explore an 1800s farm home, hear family stories, and play pioneer games.
Stop by with your completed book and take the Junior Ranger oath to get your badge

• Criterion Theater Ranger Program: Plan Your Acadia Adventure

Through Oct 31, Fridays, 2 pm, Criterion Theater, 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, 207 288-0829
Admission $3, free age 5 and under. Wheelchair accessible.
Plan your Acadia adventures. Popcorn available. One hour.

• Fire Tower Open House

Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm, Beech Mountain
Drop by to enjoy the views and visit with a park ranger at Beech Mountain Fire Tower. Get there on your own on a 0.4-mile moderate hike beginning from the parking lot at the end of Beech Hill Road.

• Geology Walk

Sundays, Wednesdays, 1:30 pm, 1 hour. Seawall Picnic Area
Join a ranger on a rock scamble and learn about Acadia’s geologic past.

• Hawk Watch

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm drop-in, Cadillac North Ridge, 200 yards from the summit.
Weather and wind permitting, look for and learn about migrating raptors

• Knowing the Night

Sundays and Thursdays in September only, location and time varies, 2 hours
Reserve by phone 207 288-8832 or in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center (8 am-4:15 pm), no sooner than three days before the program.
Challenge your senses and experience the importance of the night. Ages 8+.

• Missing Mansion

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2 pm, 1.5 hours, Compass Harbor parking area, 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Bar Harbor on Rt. 3. Look for orange cones.
Explore the site of George Dorr’s former mansion on this easy walk. Look for clues and learn about the man who helped create our national park.

• Mr Rockefeller’s Bridges

Wednesdays, Fridays, 9 am, 2.5 hours, Parkman Mountain parking area
Follow tree-lined carriage roads to explore the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s gift to Acadia on this easy 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk.

• Nature Walk

Mondays, Wednesdays, 5 pm, 1.5 hours, 1.5 mile (2.4 km), Location TBD
Reserve by phone 207 288-8832 or in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center (8 am-4:15 pm), no sooner than three days before the program.
See the ways humans and wildlife share natural resources on this easy evening stroll

• Ocean Path Walk

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9 am, 2 miles (3.2 km), Gorham Mountain parking area
Learn about unique aspects of this island park while walking along a scenic section of Acadia’s rocky shoreline.

• Photo Walk

Fridays, 9 am, 2.5 hours (No program Sept 7), location TBD.
Reserve by phone 207 288-8832 or in person at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center (8 am-4:15 pm), no sooner than three days before the program.
Bring your camera and learn valuable tips and techniques to capture Acadia’s beauties

• Seawall Campground

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, (September only. No program 9/4), 7:30 pm, 1 hour
Check campground bulletin boards for topics.

• Stars Over Sand Beach

Wednesdays, Saturdays (September only), 8 pm, 1 hour, Sand Beach
(No programs 9/5, 9/8. Special program offered 9/6 as part of Acadia Night Sky festival.)
Sit back and learn about Acadia’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring something to lie on, and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision.

Last updated: August 28, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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